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Title:Preventive computing technology for successful aging
Author(s):Oetting, Amy Nicole
Advisor(s):Kirlik, Alex
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):aging in place
successful aging
assistive technology
prevention
preventive technology
interventions
older adults
elderly
seniors
quality of life
aging population
physical fitness
cognitive health
emotional fulfillment
independence
age-related declinations
human-computer interaction
human factors
Abstract:A pervasive societal and personal concern is how we can maintain or improve our quality of life as we age. The purpose of this thesis is to assess the current state of technology as it is (or can be) used in everyday life to support healthy and happy older adults by maintaining physical fitness, cognitive health, and emotional fulfillment. In addressing this problem, much focus has been placed on assistive technology, replacing or compensating for functionality that has declined or been lost, or creating a “safe zone.” Our focus is on technology that is not assistive in this sense, but rather supportive in expanding capabilities to remain independent in their current environment. If older adults can retain their capabilities, the need for a myriad of assistive technologies would be postponed. Therefore, the alternative perspective we offer is more preventive and proactive.
Issue Date:2016-12-05
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95389
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Amy Oetting
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12


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